2009 Toyota RAV4 Review – a car disguised as an SUV

Friday April 3rd, 2009 at 7:44 AM
Posted by: Derek

All models, except the 4WD V6 with the new Sport Appearance Package, include a redesigned rear step bumper with a black protector molding while the Sport Appearance Package receives a clear rear bumper protector. We found the new rear bumper to be an excellent seat for impromptu tailgate parties and very convenient when putting on shoes before heading out on a bike ride. Much more comfortable than sitting on a steel tailgate of a pickup truck.

RAV4 rear cargo area RAV4 rear cargo area

Safety
Toyota’s Star Safety System™ helps the driver maintain control while on the road and offers peace of mind if – heaven forbid – an accident does occur. Dual front airbags, front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags, side-curtain airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, tire-pressure monitoring, anti-lock brakes, traction control, and stability control are all standard on all RAV4 models.

NHTSA Crash-Test Results 2009 Toyota RAV4

Test FWD 4dr 4-cyl 4-Spd AT (Natl)
Frontal Driver
Frontal Passenger
Side Driver
Side Rear Passenger
NHTSA Rollover Rating

 
Conclusion/Ratings

2009 Toyota RAV4

Major competitors to the RAV4 are many and include the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Liberty, and Kia Sportage. There are also the Mercury Mariner, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Rogue, Saturn Vue, Suzuki Grand Vitara, and Volkswagen Tiguan. While there are many competitors that are priced lower than the RAV4, the difference may be made up long-term with lower maintenance and repair costs.

What we like most about the RAV4 is its refined, car-like demeanor. Available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the RAV4 isn’t exactly ready to conquer serious off-road trails, but its ground clearance and all-wheel drive allows it to tackle nasty weather with ease. The excellent fuel economy of the four-cylinder, decent driving dynamics, and generous interior space put the RAV4 at the head of its class.

Build Interior Performance Handling Styling Value Overall
Rating 4.5 4.0 3.5 3.5 3.5 4.0 3.8/B+

 


 

Toyota RAV4 Photo Gallery

Toyota RAV4 Specs

Toyota RAV4 Specs

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One Response to 2009 Toyota RAV4 Review – a car disguised as an SUV

  1. Phil C says:

    We just got our new 2010 Silver RAV4 2.5 sport! After hours of research we finally decided to purchase a RAV4. I made a list of exactly what I wanted and to my suprise in came in with everything!
    The 2.5 engine is better that expected! At our dealership they are selling as fast as they come in! The interior is very functional.
    So far I would give it a 9.5 out of 10. Very Happy!





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